Prison Yoga expands in USA

Anneke Lucas RYT, Founder/President of Liberation Prison Yoga was awarded the coveted $1000 AMURT Prison Yoga prize on Sunday May 24, 2015 at the Surya Yoga Academy in Hoboken NJ. The prize was initially announced in 2013 in an effort to stimulate prison yoga projects in an effort to realize AMURT's activities of social and spiritual welfare to all people in all spheres of activity and circumstance, especially those who are disadvantaged.
The prize was presented by Nalinii Leah Landau, daughter of Pashupati Steve Landau MD ERYT, current President of AMURT in the USA. AMURT is the Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team (www.amurt.net) which renders service all over the world and is comprised mostly of yogis who work to uplift the world in times of disaster and unusual difficulty. The criteria were that the winner would start at least 10 prison yoga projects which included postures, meditation, and conduct code. A second-prize winner was Mantresh Lawrence Huff of Miami Beach, Florida, who is getting monthly support for his projects.
Prison yoga is becoming increasingly popular and well accepted in the USA. It was first done by representatives of Swami Vivekananda and Paramahansa Yogananda, and followed up by Bo and Sit Lozoff with the Human Kindness Foundation. The Prison Yoga Project is training yoga teachers to work in prisons, and James Fox, the founder, is being nominated by Yoga Journal for their Seva (selfless service) award. Similarly, Dr. Landau has received Volunteer of the Year awards from Wake Correctional Center and Franklin Correctional Center in North Carolina, where AMURT has spearheaded over 8 similar prison programs. In addition, studies have shown benefits in emotional stability among the inmates, as well as in dramatically reducing the re-incarceration rate among participants. Please see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKGGeJ1YBjo for a video news clip on this event and http://givebackyoga.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/Reincarceration-Study... for the actual research study.
Most recently, Dr. Tapsi Dayanand of Ananda Marga presented a scholarly lecture on the subject to her psychiatry progam at Duke University Hospital with wide acclaim and enthusiastic response.
For further information please contact Dr. Landau at (919)-868-4729 or pashupati@nc.rr.com .